The Great Manchester Run saw an excellent turnout yesterday, with the Cookie Monster, Teletubbies and various comic book superheroes all represented. With half the city either still panting or experiencing aches in muscles they never knew existed, it’ll be music to the ears of athletes all over that there’s another week’s worth of Manchester events highlights afoot.

First out of the blocks is Cate Le Bon, with her new Crab Day album to perform. The acclaimed Welsh alt-popper leaps and bounds down to Gorilla. Or take a more shoegazey direction with A.R. Kane, whose Monday night show marks 30 years since they claim to have invented dream pop.

A gentle jog into Tuesday 24th sees French singer songwriter Laura Esther‘s dulcet tones ringing through Gullivers.

Always ones to cheers you on from the sidelines, Mothers are the musical equivalent of a maternal hug to remind you of home. Their minimalist folk tales charm another Gullivers crowd on Wednesday 25th. With a name sounding like the equivalent of a halfway-point stitch, Doomsquad‘s sci-fi electronica is more likely to carry you through the pain barrier at Night & Day Cafe the same night.

Here at BagThing, we like to keep things varied, and this trio of Thursday 26th shows is a grand example. The motorik tempoed Krautrawk Chileans Follakzoid get their heads down and charge into Islington Mill for a show of earwormingly monotonous grooves; the dual acoustic folkal points Gabriel Minnikin and Cassie Josephine spread their harmonious wings at Eagle Inn; and Pulp’s Different Class album will be covered by Memoire, The Awful Truth and Ben Hayward at Strange Brew in Chorlton.

Dot to Dot 2016 takes over the Northern Quarter on Friday 27th with its platform for new bands from local to international. Mystery Jets top the bill, but the fun is in exploring the buzz bands and also-rans who may yet prove to be an unexpected new find. Full stage times were announced last week, so have a gander…

On the final straight, the bank holiday weekend sees the curtain fall on another year’s Chorlton Arts Festival run. Our pick of the pops is M20 Collective‘s all-day Saturday 28th showcase at Dulcimer, bringing together the likes of a local hip hop supergroup, Ecuadorian psych and dark folk. Elsewhere, Heavy on the Magic, heavier on the lo-fi indie rock, headline at Soup Kitchen.

For a well-earned break from bank holiday mania, be it a refreshing brew or hangover-curing brunch, Chez‘s menu promises the finest fodder cooked up from the produce of handpicked local suppliers. A welcome addition to Manchester’s food and drink scene, Chez opened its doors around a month ago, so be one of the first to pay them a visit.

Before bursting through to the winners’ podium and your next breather, there’s the small task of choosing between Scott Matthews‘ mellow bundles of melancholy at The Ruby Lounge; or a free-entry experimental rock romp at Islington Mill performed by Aussie trio My Disco.

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